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Even More Great Books

Moar epic!

  • For Us, The Living by Robert Heinlein; Perry Nelson gets into a car crash in 1939 and wakes up in 2086. The world has completely changed, and Perry must get accustomed to a new society and economy. Heinlein’s first book, it’s really more of a description of an ideal society than a real novel — but it happens to make an excellent book.
  • Digital Fortress by Dan Brown; Susan Fletcher, a codebreaker for the NSA, is employed to help crack a code that the NSA cannot break — an unprecedented event. She is shot at and betrayed by even the NSA itself in her quest to solve the code before a worm hidden in it demolishes the NSA’s firewalls and cripples the United States.
  • Star Wars: Tales of the Bounty Hunters compiled and edited by Kevin J. Anderson; features the stories of five of the bounty hunters hired to capture Han Solo.
  • Maskerade by Terry Pratchett; another of the Discworld books, the Ghost in the opera house in Ankh-Morpok goes insane and starts killing people. Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg, witches from Lancre, must stop him because after all — the show must go on!
  • The Chronicles of Chrestomanci: Volume I by Diana Wynne Jones; several stories about Chrestomanci, a nine-lived enchanter who presides over the magical world. Very, very, good. Also, I think, better than Volume II.
  • Heavy Weather by Bruce Sterling; storm chasers in the future — the Storm Troupe — are following the possible formation of a F-6 tornado, which is impossible in today’s weather and climate. They use VR gear and military surplus AI’d vehicles to chase the storms. None of them, however, (not even their brilliant leader, Dr. Mulcahey) imagined the actuality of the F-6 and what happened in its wake.

More Great Authors

Here’s another list of really good books. All of them are, as before, highly recommended.

Also, see up at the top where it says Home and About? There should also be one that says Books. Clicking on it will result in a list of books. Thus far it contains the contents of this post and this older one.

Without further ado, here are the authors, in no particular order:

  • Stephen Hunt, who wrote The Court of the Air, a fantastical steampunk-y adventure to save the world.
  • Orson Scott Card, who is, of course, the author of Ender’s Game and all of its prequels, sequels, and parallels.
  • Neal Stephenson, who wrote Cryptonomicon, a book about adventure and cryptography, Zodiac, an excellent eco-thriller, The Diamond Age, about a nanotech-filled future, and my personal favorite Snow Crash about a katana-weilding hacker named Hiro who is also a pizza deliveryman for the Mafia.
  • Daniel Suarez, the author of Daemon and its sequel FreedomTM, about a computer program that takes over the world in an effort to restore actual democracy. I read both of them in a day; they’re very, very good.
  • Charles Stross, who has written many books. My favorites are Accelerando (about the singularity), Glasshouse (a “loose sequal” to Accelerando; about a group of people trapped in a virtual world), Saturn’s Children (about a group of humanoform robots at the heart of a conspiracy), and The Atrocity Archives (about using math to connect to other universes and bring through entities.
  • Katherine Neville, who wrote The Eight, about a chess set that may hold the secret to the Elixir of Life.

Sorry this post is kinda short, but there’s twelve books there. That should last you for a while. Don’t forget to check out the Books page from time to time to find a new book to read!